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The stars don’t twinkle at the calmest place on Earth

An icy plateau in Antarctica called Ridge A is the calmest place on Earth.

There’s almost no wind or weather there at all. The atmosphere is so still that stars do not twinkle. Stars appear at Ridge A with about the same clarity as observed by the Hubble telescope in outer space.

Another reason Ridge A is calm? There aren’t any people there. (Researchers figured out it is a calm place using data from satellites, ground stations, and climate models.)

All of which is a set-up to classic British journalism: The Telegraph‘s “How to Get to Ridge A.” Nevermind that you would never in your right mind ever visit Ridge A. No one has. But that doesn’t deter the writer from offering you a tongue-in-cheek guide on how to get there. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never seen an American publication approach a topical like this as whimsically in a dead-on earnest approach.

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